Ratings

Best Affirms Montpelier Re Holdings and Company Ratings

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd. (Montpelier Re) as well as the ICR of “bbb” and debt ratings of the parent company, Montpelier Re …

Ratings Recap: Samsung Europe, Transmonde, MAPFRE PRAICO, Ocaso

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a” of UK-based Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Company of Europe, Limited (SFME), both with stable outlooks. Best said SFME’s ratings “reflect its …

Best Upgrades Ratings for Most ACE Limited Subsidiaries; Outlooks Stable

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to ‘A++’ (Superior) from ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “aa+” from “aa” of the North American property/casualty subsidiaries of ACE Limited, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland, …

Will Ratings Concerns Hinder Reinsurer M&A, Hedge Fund ‘Play’? -Litmus Analysis

In the “investment banker 101 playbook” for cyclical industries the reinsurance industry has arrived at the page marked “weak pricing due to too much competition; sell M&A services to our clients,” wrote Stuart Shipperlee, Analytical Partner at London-based Litmus Analysis*. …

Chile Quake, Tsunami Losses Unlikely to Affect Local Insurers’ Ratings: Fitch

A bulletin from Fitch Ratings indicates that, based on preliminary analysis, Chile’s insurance industry solvency “will not be affected by the recent Iquique earthquake and tsunami. Chilean property/casualty (P&C) insurance industry will likely absorb limited losses from the earthquake and …

Ratings Roundup: Malayan Insurance, China Taiping, Energas

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘B++’ (Good) and issuer credit rating of “bbb+” of the Philippines-based Malayan Insurance Co., Inc. (MICO), both with stable outlooks. The ratings reflect MICO’s “solid risk-adjusted capitalization, prominent business profile in …

S&P Revises Outlook on CGSC to Negative; CEO Comments

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services announced on April 1, 2014 that it has affirmed its ‘B’ rating for Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford Ltd., but has revised its outlook on the rating to negative from stable. The ratings announcement brought …

Ratings: Safety Group, Virginia Farm, New Mexico Casualty, Mennonite Mutual

A.M. Best has upgraded the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) for the subsidiaries of Safety Insurance Group, Inc.: Safety Insurance Company, Safety Indemnity Insurance Company and Safety Property …

Watford Re Readies for Business; Best Assigns Ratings, Stable Outlook

Bermuda-based Watford Holdings Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Watford Re Ltd. (collectively, “Watford” or the “Company”), a newly-formed Bermuda-based multi-line reinsurer, announced have announced that “it has raised capital and expects to commence reinsurance operations shortly. Watford is led by …

Best Affirms Markel and Affiliates Ratings; Outlooks Stable

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A’ (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a+” of the members of the Markel North America Insurance Group, as well as the FSR of ‘B++’ (Good) and the ICR …

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